Ragheb Alama And Amr Diab Feature In Forbes’ Top 100 Arab Celebrities List 2020

08 September 2020
Amr Diab, Ragheb Alama, Mohamad Salah, Arab Celebrities, UAE, Saudi Arabia
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Ragheb Alama, GQ Middle East’s April cover star and singer Amr Diab have both been named among the 10 most influential Arab celebrites by Forbes magazine.

In a list of the 100 top Arab celebrities, published by Forbes Middle East, Amr Diab is number one and Ragheb Alama comes in at number 9.

The Top 10 Arab celebrities are as follows

1. Amr Diab
2. Nancy Ajram
3. Elissa
4. Kadim Al Shahir
5. Najwa Karam
6. Adel Emam
7. Assala Nasri
8. Ahlam Al Shamsi
9. Ragheb Alama
10. Georges Wassouf

Cheb Khaled, our legend award winner 2019 features at number 39 and Amr Waked at 69.

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To compose the list, made up of actors, singers and presenters, Forbes looked at over 500 Arab celebrities’ social media platforms and took forward those with over 3 million followers. They then looked at other factors like length of career, activities outside their field and other areas of influence.

Amr Diab, who last year played Saudi Arabia’s MDL Beast festival and has recently announced a deal with Netflix, came out at number one. The Egyptian singer’s career has spanned decades and his sizeable following (30 million plus followers) meant he topped the list. He was closely followed by Lebanese singers Nancy Ajram and Elissa in second and third place respectively.

Ragheb Alama, our April cover star, ranked at 9 for his work in TV, music and for his philanthropy.

Crucially, the list does not include sports stars, hence the omission of athletes like Mohammed Salah or Ons Jabeur. In 2019 Salah was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.

Singer Ahlam Al Shamsi was the highest-ranking Emirati at number 8, while TV presenter Lojain Omran was Saudi’s highest ranked celebrity at number 55.